Hello and welcome to my blog!
I am an architect and urban planner who believes that buildings and places should not only look good – but work well too.

This may sound obvious but it’s not what most architects are taught; which is largely why many buildings and public spaces look great in magazines but don’t work for the people who have to use them.

I am the Managing Director of strategic consultancy, Space Syntax Limited and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett, University College London. My work bridges between fundamental academic research and pragmatic ‘real world’ applications. The aim in doing so is to improve the quality of architectural and urban practice through the development and dissemination of science-based tools. These tools measure and forecast the influence of spatial layout on social, economic and environmental outcomes such as movement patterns, land use vitality and carbon emissions. We bring cutting edge research directly into practice. This brings a level of rigour to planning and design that is too often missing.

I have recently been based at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow and at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy as the Lincoln Loeb Fellow. I devoted my time there to the issue of dissemination: how can the Space Syntax approach be most effectively disseminated to the people – professionals and non-professionals – involved in planning, designing and deciding on the buildings and places that will shape our common future?

Career history
I qualified as an architect in 1995, the same year that I set up the Space Syntax Laboratory at University College London. In 1996, I established Space Syntax Limited as the commercial arm of Space Syntax. The Space Syntax Laboratory and Space Syntax Limited work alongside each other to continually develop and apply the Space Syntax approach. The “Lab” focuses on fundamental research, technology development and teaching while “Limited” applies Space Syntax techniques in live planning and design projects.

In 1996 I also co-founded Morrison Brink Stonor architects, with Robert Morrison and Barbara Brink.

The practice operates from studios in Paris and London.

Other appointments
2013 Member, Lead Expert Group, Foresight: The Future of Cities

2013 Member, British Standards Institute Smart Cities Advisory Group

2008-10  Member, CABE Crossrail Design Panel

2008-10  Director, The Academy of Urbanism

2008-  Member, Expert Advisory Panel, Walk England (now Walk Unlimited)

2008-  Director, London Promenade Company

2007-10  Member, CABE National Design Review Panel (extended term)

2006-  Founder Member, The Academy of Urbanism

2005-09  Member, NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Steering Group

2004-07  Member, CABE National Design Review Panel

2003-11  Member, NHS National Design Review Panel

2002-04  Member, South East of England Design Panel

Wren filmI speak regularly to industrial and academic audiences throughout the world and have contributed to television and radio programmes on urban planning and design.

I trained as an architect at the Bartlett, University College London and at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University. I graduated from both with distinction.

I joined the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1996 and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in 2005.

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3 Responses to

  1. Liz Terry says:

    Enjoyed the blog Tim – thanks!

  2. The trends you discuss have become very fashionable lately so it’s interesting to read your views given the years you have dedicated to this field. I agree about the analysis, I’ve come across instances of practitioners (and clients) looking for the computer to tell them the answer rather than inform their judgement.

  3. Here is the reply to your email.

    In the past I have always been opposed to allowing any parking in the Town
    Centre because the Car parks are near by and there is no charge after 6pm.
    However, it seems that the businesses in the Town Centre, including I
    believe the cinema requested a relaxation of the rules to allow evening
    parking. My concern with the new regime was that cars would be parked in
    the town centre where the market sets up causing chaos. It seems the only
    way to be sure that parking is done sensibly is to use yellow lines, which
    everyone understands. It is a shame that the police do not regard these
    issues as a high priority, I estimate that about half the vehicles driving
    through the Town Centre have no legitimate reason to do so. It is also a
    sad fact that a number of the problems are caused by a minority of
    inconsiderate disabled drivers.



    —–Original Message—–
    From: Brian Planner
    Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 4:20 PM
    To: Cllr Simmons
    Subject: RE: Yellow Peril

    Hi David,

    Sorry for the delay in coming back to you.

    Yes you are correct.

    We adopted the approach set out by Norman Baker and referred to in the email
    link some time ago with the current 24hr restrictions across the complete
    area of the pedestrian zone which is permitted and enforceable under the
    Department of Transport regulations without the use of yellow lines.

    The current proposal is to allow evening parking within the pedestrian core
    of the town centre to assist the evening economy and improve trade in the
    town. To achieve this it will be necessary to continue to restrict parking
    in some areas in order to maintain access for larger vehicles including the
    emergency services. It will therefore be necessary to restrict parking
    completely in some areas while allowing evening parking in others.

    However, a mix of evening parking in some areas of the town centres while
    maintaining 24 hour ‘At Any Time’ restrictions in others is not possible
    within a parking zone under current DfT regulations. It is therefore
    necessary to undertake a scheme using yellow lines.

    I trust this explains the situation.



    Response to my e-mail. This TINA approach – is it true? Help

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